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Datebook: January 12 – Earthquake Rocks Haiti 2 Years Ago

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The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne, approximately 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. By January 24, 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated 3 million people were affected by the quake. The government reported an estimated 316,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured, and 1,000,000 made homeless. At least 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had been destroyed or severely damaged. Notable landmarks, such as the Presidential Palace, National Assembly Building, Port-Au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail had been damaged. Many countries responded with humanitarian aid, medical teams, and engineers. Over the past two years, recovery has been slow largely due to poor government management of aid received, land ownership issues, the spread of cholera, and the overwhelming amount of refugees and the rise of violence. But still, there is hope…

Could Haiti be saved by coffee?

It’s Thursday, January 12

Hear poet Blas Falconer reading from his works for Murray State’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Winter Reading Series tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara Eagle Gallery of Doyle Fine Arts. Mr. Falconer’s book A Question of Gravity and Light came out in 2007 and his book The Foundling Wheel is forthcoming in 2013.

Learn Latin with beginning Latin lessons for high schoolers and adults starting next Tuesday. Classes are Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at WKCTC Emerging Technology Building, 4810 Alben Barkley Drive in Paducah. Register with

Saturday Hopkins County honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an event beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Byrnes Auditorium in the Hatley Building on Madisonville Community College’s Health Sciences Campus. In addition to keynote speaker Mrs. Naomi Barber King, hear combined choruses and the 50 voice Evansville Chapter of the Gospel Workshop of America Mass Choir.

Check out NPR’s All Songs Considered tonight at 6:30. See the new program schedule at Thanks!

Datebook: December 13 – Emily Carr Turns 140

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Emily Carr was born on December 13, 1871 (and died March 2, 1945). She was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a post-impressionist painting style, Carr didn’t receive widespread recognition for her work until late in life, around the age of 57. As she matured, the subject matter of her painting shifted from aboriginal themes to landscapes and forest scenes. She was one of the first artists to attempt to capture the spirit of Canada in a modern style. Her life itself has made her a “Canadian icon”, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia, for being “an artist of stunning originality and strength.”

It’s Tuesday, December 13

“Santa’s Last Blast” is on the Paris Court Square Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.. There will be free wagon rides, a trackless train, clowns, games, stories, and reindeer goats. Santa ‘s in Friday night, then Saturday 10-2 and Sunday 2-4. This is the final weekend for Trees on the Square at the Heritage Center Saturday noon-6 and Sunday 1-4.

Holiday shows continue at LBL’s Golden Pond Planetarium through December 23. “‘Tis the Season” shows Wednesday through Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. “Christmas Story” Shows are Wednesday through Sunday at noon and 2. Admission to the planetarium is $4 ages 13 and up, $2 ages 5 to 12 and free ages 4 and under. Call 270-924-2020 for more.

Madisonville Community College’s Glema Center for the Arts shows the exhibit “Made to Be Played: Traditional Art of Kentucky Luthiers” weekdays from 9 to 4 and during performances through Saturday. The exhibit chronicles masters in the making and repairing of stringed instruments.

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Datebook: November 10 – “Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?” 140 Years Ago

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Sir Henry Morton Stanley was a Welsh journalist and explorer famous for his exploration of Africa and his search for David Livingstone. Upon finding Livingstone, Stanley allegedly uttered the now-famous greeting, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” His legacy of death and destruction in the Congo region is considered an inspiration for Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.  Early in his journalism career, Stanley was commissioned by the New York Herald in 1869 to locate the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, who was known to be in Africa but had not been heard from for some time. Stanley traveled to Zanzibar in March, 1871 and outfitted an expedition with the best of everything, requiring no fewer than 200 porters. This 7,000 miles expedition through the tropical forest became a nightmare. His thoroughbred stallion died within a few days after a bite from a Tsetse fly, many of his carriers deserted and the rest were decimated by tropical diseases. To keep the expedition going, he had to take stern measures, including flogging deserters. Stanley found Livingstone on November 10, 1871, in Ujiji near Lake Tanganyika in present-day Tanzania, and may have greeted him with the now-famous, “Doctor Livingstone, I presume?” This famous phrase may be a fabrication, as Stanley tore out of his diary the pages relating to the encounter. Even Livingstone’s account of the encounter fails to mention these words. The Herald’s own first account of the meeting, published July 2, 1872, also includes the phrase: “Preserving a calmness of exterior before the Arabs which was hard to simulate as he reached the group, Mr. Stanley said: – ‘Doctor Livingstone, I presume?’ A smile lit up the features of the pale white man as he answered: “Yes, and I feel thankful that I am here to welcome you.”

It’s Thursday, November 10

Short story writer and Austin Peay State University faculty member, Cynthia McWilliams presents for the Loman C. Trover Library Reading Series at 7 tonight at Madisonville Community College. The reading’s open to all and refreshments are served.

Through 6 this evening and from 9 to 1 tomorrow there’s a fine art print and book sale on the first floor of Price Doyle Fine Arts Building of Murray State. Items include hand pulled lithographs, etchings, silkscreens, woodcuts, and hand-bound blank books.

Fire Station 1 at 301 Washington Street in Paducah hosts a Chili fundraiser tomorrow and next Friday from 11 to 1 to benefit the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County. Chili, chili dogs, and hot dogs are available.

Mayfield’s American Legion Post 26 hosts a Veterans Day Ceremony tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Harmon Park.

Paducah’s Veterans Day Parade Opening Ceremony starts at 10:30 tomorrow morning at the Gazebo at 2nd and Broadway. The Parade has 35 entries including four bands.

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the morning cram [bipartisanship? edition]

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President Obama and Congress worked to pass three bills this week in a rare bipartisan effort.

NPR reports trade deals passed by Congress this weel marked rare bipartisan economic success for President Obama, but the moves aren’t popular among many of his supporters.

Kentucky~ Paducah police busted 14 for drugs and guns. Madisonville Community College has high grad rates.  A Henderson racetrack looks forward to instant racing.   Williams is adding nuclear power to his campaign. Treasurer cand Crosbie has more money to spend.

Tennessee~ Police found more ganja than they realized.

Datebook: October 3 – The Dick Van Dyke Show Premieres 50 Years Ago

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The Dick Van Dyke Show aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to June 1, 1966. It was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. The series won 15 Emmy Awards. In 2002, it was ranked #13 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. The premise of the show is an “inside look” at how a television sow is written and produced. It features the work and home life of Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke), he head writer for a comedy variety show. At the time of the premiere, conventional dress for most television housewives had been dresses. Since Mary Tyler Moore wore Capri pants on the show a small controversy erupted within the network, but further, Capris became a huge fashion craze in the early 60s.

It’s Monday, October 3

Lee Academy for the Arts in Paris Fall Classes includes Ann Stapp’s six class session in landscape painting in oil or acrylics starting Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday Sandee Green’s class in stained glass starts from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with three sessions. E-mail or see for details.

Aurora’s Country Festival is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy live music and flea market shopping at the KenLake Music Stage across from the Brass Lantern Restaurant. The group Girls, Guns and Glory performs 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Vendors of honey and sorghum join crafters and concessioners. See for a schedule.

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College hosts boogie-woogie, pop, and jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer Thursday at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $18 for this Coffee House Series Concert preceded at 6 by the opening reception of the Juried Art Exhibit in the Anne P. Baker gallery.

Datebook: September 27 – First Liberty Ship launched 70 years ago

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The SS Patrick Henry was launched on September 27, 1941, becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships.  Liberty ships were cargo ships built in the United States during World War II. Though British in conception, they were adapted by the U.S. as they were cheap and quick to build, and came to symbolize U.S. wartime industrial output. Eighteen American shipyards built 2,751 Libertys between 1941 and 1945, easily the largest number of ships produced to a single design. The SS Patrick Henry’s maiden voyage was to the Middle East. During World War II she made 12 voyages to ports including Murmansk, Trinidad, Cape Town, Naples, and Dakar. She survived the war but was seriously damaged when she went aground on a reef off the coast of Florida in July 1946. She was scrapped at Baltimore in 1960.

It’s Tuesday, September 27

The Golden Dragon Acro-Cirque D’Or Chinese Acrobatic touring company performs at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College Thursday evening. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are half price for children 12 and under. Call the box office at 270-821-2787.

Crittenden County’s Pumpkin Festival features a car show Saturday at Darben Plaza, Highway 60 in Marion. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Judging is at 3 p.m. $25 entry fees benefit the Mary Hall Ruddiman Canine Shelter and Crittenden County FFA.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah begins its 5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Thursday at the Clemens Fine Arts Center. See the exhibition The Masks of Michoacan. There’s free admission, food and activities from 5 to 8 p.m. The Guest Speaker is Fred de Rosset of the Berea College faculty and Director of Mexico Programs for KIIS.

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Datebook: September 20 – Bush declares War on Terror 10 years ago

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On September 20, 2001, during a televised address to a joint session of congress and in the wake of the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush delivered an ultimatum to the Taliban government of Afghanistan to turn over Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda leaders operating in the country or face attack. He said, “Our ‘war on terror’ begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.”

It’s Tuesday, September 20

There’s a critical need for O-Negative and A-Negative blood types at the Murray Calloway County Hospital Blood Donor Center. It’s on the first floor of the North Tower. Also, there’s a Blood Drive tomorrow from 8 to 4 at the MCCH Center for Health and Wellness on Poplar Street.

Tickets for the 27th Annual Tobacco Night Rider Tour Saturday are on sale now at the Pennyroyal Area Museum at 217 East 9th Street in Hopkinsville. Open hay-ride tours run at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. in a reenactment of the Tobacco Night Rider Raid of December, 1907. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children up to age 12. Refreshment concessions available.

The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College offers the Cambridge University American Stage Tour presentation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the Glema Center Box Office, 270-821-ARTS.

Become a WKMS member today. There’s information about the Kindle eReader and His and Hers Bikes Giveaways at Thank you.

Datebook: September 19 – International Talk Like A Pirate Day

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Ahoy, Matey! Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon. At first an inside joke between two friends from a game of racquetball, the holiday gained exposure when John and Mark sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. It has been speculated that the rolling “rrr” has been associated with pirates because of the location of major ports in the West Country of England, drawing labor from the surrounding countryside.

Arrr! It be Monday the Ninth of  September

Murray Calloway County Hospital hosts a day-long diabetes workshop open to all Friday at Glendale Road Church of Christ. It’s targeted to nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other healthcare providers for whom Kentucky Board of Nursing contact hours apply. Pre-register by tomorrow at 270-762-1854. It costs $25 for non-MCCH employees.

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College invites entries for its 2011 Juried Art Exhibit. Submit works at the Center between 9 and 4 next Monday and Tuesday. It’s open to any artist in the region. The juror is Erika Myers Bromwell, Director of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary art. See

Thursday the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act program hosts an information meeting about the Extra Help Program. This is for those who have Medicare D or are eligible who have limited resources. It’s at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Crittenden County Senior Center, 201 North Walker Street.

Enjoy A Prairie Home Companion live in Murray on November 5. See for details.

Datebook: September 6 – McKinley Fatally Shot 110 Years Ago

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The assassination of President William McKinley occurred on September 6, 1901, during a meet and greet at the Temple of Music on the grounds of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He was shot twice by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Initially, he appeared to be recovering from his wounds, but died on September 14, 1901, and was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt. After McKinley’s murder, Congress passed legislation to officially charge the Secret Service with the responsibility of providing physical protection for U.S. presidents.

It’s Tuesday, September 6

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts commemorates the 10th anniversary of the events which occurred on September 11, 2001 with a combined community choir and orchestra program at 6 p.m. Sunday. Special guests are composer and soloist Dr. Mike Harland and soloist Teresa Harland. The Glema Mahr Center is on the campus of Madisonville Community College.

The Paris Henry County Arts Council presents the Bethel University Renaissance Theatre production of “Steel Magnolias”. The play starts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Krider Performing Arts Center 650 Volunteer Drive, Paris. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students 18 and under.

Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp hosts a Community Conversation next Monday from 5:15 to 7 p.m. at Hopkinsville Middle School. The program includes details of the new city building and other projects. The Hopkinsville High School Choir performs and there will be light refreshments as well as a door prize handcrafted by a local artist.

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Datebook: August 17 – 100th birthday of three-time World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik

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Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik, Ph.D. (August 17, 1911 – May 5, 1995) was a Soviet and Russian International Grandmaster and three-time World Chess Champion. Working as an electrical engineer at the same time, he was one of the very few famous chess players who achieved distinction in another career while playing top-class competitive chess. He also developed a chess-playing algorithm that tried to “think” like a top human player, but this approach has been superseded by a brute-force search strategy that exploits the rapid increase in the calculation speed of modern computers. Playing top class chess for decades, being an eminent chess author, one of the pioneers of computer chess, and a great chess teacher in his late years, Botvinnik is widely regarded as the most influental chess contributor in the 20th century.


It’s Wednesday, August 17.

Madisonville Community College’s Back to School Bash is Saturday from 3:30 to 10 p.m. in front of the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts. Eddie and Alonzo Pennington open from 3:30 to 5 followed by PB & J from 5 to 6; Southern Drawl from 6 to 7, Library Trio from 7 to 8, Larry Grisham of the Beat Daddys from 8 to 9, and Sexstone from 9 on. Food concessions available.

This weekend Murray’s Playhouse in the Park presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The box office opens an hour before the show.

Tomorrow the National Quilting Museum in Paducah hosts an Appraisal Day from 9 to 4:30. Each 30 minute appraisal costs $50. Make appointments at 270-442-8856 or see for more. The museum is at 215 Jefferson Street.

Come visit at The Looking Glass Coffee and Curiosities WKMS Meet and Greet in Martin Thursday, August 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. Thanks!